Terrorists with fire arms and bombs attacked simultaneously the restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium on Friday night in several districts of Paris, killing at least 120 people and injuring 200 more, Reuters report.
Shootings were reported at the restaurant Le Petit Cambrodge, Le Carillon bar. Authorities also reported at shootings at six different locations.
At the concert hall La Bataclan the terrorists took about 100 hostages. The hall is located not far from the former offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, target of a deadly attack by Islamist gunmen in January. A Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people at the rock concert. Later the police launched an assault on the building. The gunmen detonated explosive belts, killing more people.
Some 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, the official said, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the Stade de France national stadium, where Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching a friendly soccer international. Some 200 people were injured.
Paris Public Prosecutor Francois Molins said the death toll was at least 120. His spokeswoman said eight assailants had also died, seven of whom had blown themselves up with explosive belts at various locations, while one had been shot dead by police. It was not clear if there were more attackers.
French President Francois Hollande declared a national state of emergency – the first since World War Two. Border controls were temporarily reimposed to stop terrorists escaping.
The Paris metro railway was closed and schools, universities and municipal buildings were ordered to stay shut on Saturday. Only a few rail and air services are expected to run.
Emergency services were mobilized, police leave was canceled, 1,500 army reinforcements were drafted into the Paris region and hospitals recalled staff to cope with the casualties.
Radio stations warned Parisians to stay at home and urged residents to give shelter to anyone caught out in the street. The hashtag #porteouverte (open door) started up on Twitter to offer people a place to stay.